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The Baylor Impact is published quarterly by the Baylor School of Education.

The Baylor Impact
School of Education
Baylor University
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Waco, TX 76798-7304

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Volume 4 Number 1


Dear Alumni and Friends:

The word "scholarship" conjures up different images for different people. Some see it as financial support for academic studies, and others see it as academic studies itself. Certainly the former is critically important for many of those intending to pursue a college education (and, yes, all scholarship gifts are welcome); however, I wish to address the latter – what constitutes academic pursuits (i.e., scholarly work) in colleges and universities.

In the academy (i.e., the university) the nature of scholarship can be, and often is, the subject of intense discussion. Typically we find it has a robust meaning that includes knowledge creation, dissemination and application as generally implemented through research, teaching and service.

In this issue of Impact we feature articles that highlight scholarly work in the School of Education. While it may be convenient to think of research, teaching and service activities (and the scholarship demonstrated by such) as distinct and separate, the practical reality is that these often blur together in any given initiative. For example, our creation of a new doctoral degree (PhD) in curriculum and teaching could be thought of primarily for the teaching that occurs, but students and faculty engage in research on the preparation of teachers as part of that program. The faculty-in-residence initiative at Kokernot residence hall might appear to be a service to students (applying knowledge on young adult development), but informal curriculum and teaching are critical elements as well. The results of research on preventing sexual abuse are also of great practical importance and application.

I hope, as you read this issue, that you recall my words in an earlier Impact that historically the core mission of great American universities, such as Baylor, significantly includes "educating citizens for a democratic society, addressing the problems of society, and fostering in students a mission for personal and community service." As you read this edition, we hope you will join us in celebrating the ways that the Baylor School of Education is impacting the world.

Jon M. Engelhardt
Dean, School of Education


In This Issue

•  Welcome
•  In the first person: Kristal Lowry, EdS, LSSP 2007
•  New program advances: Baylor's PhD in Curriculum and Teaching
•  Research to help our communities: Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault
•  Connecting with students: Back to the Future--Faculty Find Home in Campus Residence Halls
•  Investing in the Future: Rainy Day Fund Sustains Many SOE Opportunities
•  Impact Tomorrow
•  Downloadable pdf version

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